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Gas BBQ - Butane/Propane interchangeable

Gas BBQ - Butane/Propane interchangeable

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Tyre_Tread

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8,842 posts

137 months

Saturday 17th April 2010
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Just been out and bought a new gas BBQ from Costco as the last one we had for 12 years had been excellent until the burners corroded away to dust.

I've just assembled the new BBQ and realised its Propane and not butane.

I still have the regulator from the old one and lots of Butane in the bottle.

Is there any reason why I can't just swap the regulators and use the butane?

I can't see any reason why not but thought I'd ask just in case.

And before anyone else says it, yes gas BBQ's is for wimps and no I don't want a 'proper' charcoal one.
TIA


B17NNS

14,818 posts

168 months

Saturday 17th April 2010
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I've used either or on mine without issue. Just swap the regulators and you should be fine.

I think propane burns hotter than butane.

Martin Keene

6,382 posts

146 months

Saturday 17th April 2010
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I believe they are interchangeable.

One burns better when it is colder, bcensoredd if I can remember which though...

Tyre_Tread

Original Poster:

8,842 posts

137 months

Saturday 17th April 2010
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Wow that was fast!

Thanks guys.

I just love the speed and breadth of knowledge of PH!

sy534534

235 posts

98 months

Saturday 17th April 2010
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You'll be fine using Butane on a Propane BBQ with the correct connector. The problems start when you use Propane on a Butane BBQ, Propane burns at a higher temperature and can cuase melting problems on Butane burners, and can crack the ceramics. So i was told many years ago on a BBQ training course ( yes, really! ) by a major manufacturer. nerd
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T89 Callan

8,422 posts

114 months

Sunday 18th April 2010
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It's not a Gas BBQ!!!!!!!!!!! It's an outdoor cooker/grill.

Real BBQ's use Charcoal or Wood.

Mattt

16,285 posts

139 months

Sunday 18th April 2010
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Tyre_Tread said:
Wow that was fast!

Thanks guys.

I just love the speed and breadth of guesses of PH!
EFA

Eric Mc

95,474 posts

186 months

Sunday 18th April 2010
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My motorhome system works on both. I think propane has a lower freezing point so it is better for use in cold conditions (or maybe its the other way around).

dudleybloke

13,555 posts

107 months

Sunday 18th April 2010
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sy534534 said:
You'll be fine using Butane on a Propane BBQ with the correct connector. The problems start when you use Propane on a Butane BBQ, Propane burns at a higher temperature and can cuase melting problems on Butane burners, and can crack the ceramics. So i was told many years ago on a BBQ training course ( yes, really! ) by a major manufacturer. nerd
are you Hank Hill? smile

AndrewW-G

11,968 posts

138 months

Sunday 18th April 2010
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Eric Mc said:
My motorhome system works on both. I think propane has a lower freezing point so it is better for use in cold conditions (or maybe its the other way around).
yes

Its propane that burns hotter and performs better in the cold (hence the use of the big red cylinders for heating etc)

The reason for the Costco BBQ's using propane, may be down to propanes dominance over butane in the US market (as anybody who watches "king of the hill" will know hehe )

mjb1

1,962 posts

80 months

Thursday 11th May
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Thread resurrection time!

My Calor butane cylinder that I use for the gas bbq has run out. When I got it, the bbq I had used a butane regulator. Since then I've had a couple of different ones, all of which came with a propane (patio gas) clip on regulator. I've always just swapped this for the butane regulator and used that gas instead. Is there any reason to switch to a propane cylinder now, or am I just as well sticking with the butane?

I did wonder about performance with one old bbq (an Outback with lava rocks) using butane, which came with a propane regulator. Never seemed to get hot enough to cook properly, except in one or two hotspots. So this has me wondering if a propane burner bbq is really ok with butane. Unfortunately, the gas ran out first go with my new bbq, so I haven't been able to try it properly on butane.

Also just noticed that my calor cylinder is a 15kg butane, and according to calor rules, it can't officially be exchanged for any other size/type of cylinder. So it might be extra hassle to switch to a different gas anyway.


dirkgently

2,025 posts

152 months

Thursday 11th May
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unless you are going to have a bbq in the Arctic at -10 butane should be fine.

oldcynic

2,072 posts

82 months

Thursday 11th May
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I've never had a problem changing between sizes and types of bottles, as long as I'm swapping calor for calor. Some retailers may be more fussy than others - petrol stations seem to be the most relaxed in my experience.